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Routledge Histories of Central and Eastern Europe


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The nations of Central and Eastern Europe experienced a time of momentous change in the period following the Second World War. The vast majority were subject to Communism and central planning while events such as the Hungarian uprising and Prague Spring stood out as key watershed moments against a distinct social, cultural and political backcloth. With the fall of the Berlin Wall, German reunification and the break-up of the Soviet Union, changes from the 1990s onwards have also been momentous with countries adjusting to various capitalist realities. The volumes in this series will help shine a light on the experiences of this key geopolitical zone with many lessons to be learned for the future.

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Poland in a Colonial World Order Adjustments and Aspirations, 1918–1939

Poland in a Colonial World Order: Adjustments and Aspirations, 1918–1939

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Piotr Puchalski
November 19, 2021

Poland in a Colonial World Order is a study of the interwar Polish state and empire building project in a changing world of empires, nation-states, dominions, protectorates, mandates, and colonies. Drawing from a wide range of sources spanning two continents and five countries, Puchalski ...

Czechoslovakism

Czechoslovakism

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Edited By Adam Hudek, Michal Kopeček, Jan Mervart
September 30, 2021

This collection systematically approaches the concept of Czechoslovakism and its historical progression, covering the time span from the mid-19th century to Czechoslovakia’s dissolution in 1992/1993, whilst also providing the most recent research on the subject. "Czechoslovakism" was a ...

The Memory of the Second World War in Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia

The Memory of the Second World War in Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Edited By David L. Hoffmann
August 27, 2021

This volume showcases important new research on World War II memory, both in the Soviet Union and in Russia today. Through an examination of war remembrance in its various forms—official histories, school textbooks, museums, monuments, literature, films, and Victory Day parades—chapters illustrate ...

Central Europe Revisited Why Europe’s Future Will Be Decided in the Region

Central Europe Revisited: Why Europe’s Future Will Be Decided in the Region

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Emil Brix, Erhard Busek
August 06, 2021

More than 30 years after their momentous book "Projekt Mitteleuropa", which had been written before the fall of the Iron Curtain, Emil Brix and Erhard Busek revisit the political space between Germany, Russia and the Mediterranean. The volume explores the role of Central Europe in the 21st century...

Dissident Legacies of Samizdat Social Media Activism Unlicensed Print Culture in Poland 1976-1990

Dissident Legacies of Samizdat Social Media Activism: Unlicensed Print Culture in Poland 1976-1990

1st Edition

By Piotr Wciślik
July 23, 2021

This book tells the story of the dissident imaginary of samizdat activists, the political culture they created, and the pivotal role that culture had in sustaining the resilience of the oppositional movement in Poland between 1976 and 1990. This unlicensed print culture has been seen as one of the ...

Politics and the Slavic Languages

Politics and the Slavic Languages

1st Edition

By Tomasz Kamusella
June 18, 2021

During the last two centuries, ethnolinguistic nationalism has been the norm of nation building and state building in Central Europe. The number of recognized Slavic languages (in line with the normative political formula of language = nation = state) gradually tallied with the number of the Slavic...

Communist Propaganda at School The World of the Reading Primers from the Soviet Bloc, 1949-1989

Communist Propaganda at School: The World of the Reading Primers from the Soviet Bloc, 1949-1989

1st Edition

By Joanna Wojdon
May 11, 2021

Communist Propaganda at School is based on an analysis of reading primers from the Soviet bloc and recreates the world as presented to the youngest schoolchildren who started their education between 1949 and 1989 across the nine Eastern European countries. The author argues that those first ...

Milan Rastislav Štefánik The Slovak National Hero and Co-Founder of Czechoslovakia

Milan Rastislav Štefánik: The Slovak National Hero and Co-Founder of Czechoslovakia

1st Edition

By Michal Kšiňan
April 27, 2021

This is the first scientific biography of Milan Rastislav Štefánik (1880–1919) that is focused on analysing the process of how he became the Slovak national hero. Although he is relatively unknown internationally, his contemporaries compared him “to Choderlos de Laclos for the use of military ...

The Macedonian Question and the Macedonians A History

The Macedonian Question and the Macedonians: A History

1st Edition

By Alexis Heraclides
December 31, 2020

This book is a comprehensive and dispassionate analysis of the intriguing Macedonian Question from 1878 until 1949 and of the Macedonians (and of their neighbours) from the 1890s until today, with the two themes intertwining. The Macedonian Question was an offshoot of the wider Eastern Question – ...

Tradition, Literature and Politics in East-Central Europe

Tradition, Literature and Politics in East-Central Europe

1st Edition

By Carl Tighe
December 31, 2020

Milan Kundera warned that in in the states of East-Central Europe, attitudes to the west and the idea of ‘Europe’ were complex and could even be hostile. But few could have imagined how the collapse of communism and membership of the EU would confront these countries with a life that was suddenly ...

Historicizing Roma in Central Europe Between Critical Whiteness and Epistemic Injustice

Historicizing Roma in Central Europe: Between Critical Whiteness and Epistemic Injustice

1st Edition

By Victoria Shmidt, Bernadette Nadya Jaworsky
September 14, 2020

In Central Europe, limited success in revisiting the role of science in the segregation of Roma reverberates with the yet-unmet call for contextualizing the impact of ideas on everyday racism. This book attempts to interpret such a gap as a case of epistemic injustice. It underscores the historical...

A Nation Divided by History and Memory Hungary in the Twentieth Century and Beyond

A Nation Divided by History and Memory: Hungary in the Twentieth Century and Beyond

1st Edition

By Gábor Gyáni
July 13, 2020

During the last few decades there has been a growing recognition of the great role that remembering and collective memory play in forming the historical awareness. In addition, the dominant national form of history writing also met some challenges on the side of a transnational approach to the past...

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